Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables

About this program

Foodlink offers the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables (JSY) Program to emergency agencies. The JSY Program began in New York in 1997 in order to provide nutrition education and obesity prevention programming to low-income clients of the emergency food network. It is funded through the state Department of Health and USDA’s SNAP-Ed Project. SNAP-Ed supports nutrition education for people eligible for SNAP (formerly known as food stamps).

The mission of JSY is to work with organizations that serve food insecure populations to improve the health and nutritional status of SNAP-eligible residents in New York. We do this through promoting fruit and vegetable consumption and empowering clients to make healthy choices.

Foodlink offers JSY classes to our emergency agencies, like food pantries and soup kitchens. Each class includes a nutrition lesson and activity, a cooking demonstration, and healthy recipes to taste. To request a class, call us at 585-436-FOOD. To learn more, visit


Foodlink also brings the JSY program to the City of Rochester Public Market. In 2017, with the addition of the market’s new Winter Shed (Shed B), we’re now able to offer this program year-round! 

From November through March, our JSY nutrition educators offer free cooking demonstrations at the Public Market on select Thursday mornings — and on two Saturdays. Thursday workshops are available at 9, 10 & 11 a.m. and noon, while Saturday workshops include a 1 p.m. session, as well. 

The aim of the program is to help individuals and families eat healthy, make the most of their food budgets, prepare foods safely, and adopt a healthier lifestyle overall. Foodlink encourages community organizations to bring their groups to a workshop. If interested, please reach out to Marcy McMahon ( or Desiree Bass ( in advance via email. Individuals wishing to attend a workshop can simply show up! 

2017 “indoor” season

Our 2017-18 program has been scheduled and we’re excited to bring you another season of Just Say Yes at the Market! Topics will change weekly. The schedule is as follows: 

Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Workshops run 20-30 minutes and occur on the hour. 

Date ……. Recipe demo — Nutrition lesson

Nov. 16 …………. Pumpkin Sage Soup – Food Safety

Nov. 18 (Saturday) ………. Pumpkin Sage Soup – Food Safety

Nov. 30 …….. Spaghetti Squash with Garlic – Benefits of Fruits & Vegetables

Dec. 16 (Saturday) ……… Poached Pears with Cider Sauce – Shopping at the Farmer’s Market

Dec. 21 ………….. Pear Chutney – Reducing Food Waste

Jan. 11 ……… Greens and Garlic – MyPlate

Jan. 25 ……… Winter Squash Sauté – Stretching Food Dollars

Feb. 8 ………….. Black-Eyed Peas and Collard Greens – Fiber

Feb. 22 ……… Garbanzo Bean Stir-Fry  – Benefits of Beans

March 8 ……… Winter Squash with Apple Juice Glaze – Portion Sizes

March 22 ……… Savoy Cabbage Slaw – Nutrition Facts Label


For more information, contact us at 585-436-FOOD.